Vitamin D and Auto-Immune Disease
Do you know that Vitamin D levels may protect you from getting an auto-immune disease?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that plays a key role in almost all of our bodily functions including the immune system.
Scientists have found Vitamin D receptors within immune cells and identified that Vitamin D plays a vital role in regulating the immune system. Current research suggests a strong correlation between poor Vitamin D levels, Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) gene mutations, and some auto-immune diseases.
Some of the Vitamin D and auto-immune diseases researched, include anaphylaxis, inflammatory bowel disease, and lupus. Whilst there are no studies on Vitamin D and histamine intolerance it is my personal experience that there is a strong correlation between VDR gene mutations, and vitamin D levels, making the connection plausible.
The preliminary research findings suggests that Vitamin D can prevent, halt or reverse some auto-immune diseases with detailed comprehensive human studies underway. Much more research is needed for medical science to be conclude.
In the interim, Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld, the world renowned immunologist, believes that Vitamin D supplementation is an insurance policy against auto-immune disease. He recommends that everyone, regardless of their vitamin D status, takes a supplement. He says,
Vitamin D is very cheap, does not need a prescription of a physician, has no side effects whatsoever, and has many additional beneficial effects.
The Vitamin D Council (a collective of scientists) agrees and recommends a daily supplement of 5,000 ius for adults.
Vitamin D can also be obtained from sunshine the way our ancestors got their Vitamin D. The general rule is that arms and legs need to be exposed to the sun without sunscreen for 15 minutes (45 minutes with a darker skin tone) between 10 and 3 pm to obtain sufficient Vitamin D.
Indeed, as I live in the sub-tropics, I have increased my Vitamin D levels last Summer simply by sitting outside each day and enjoying a cup of morning tea in the sunshine the way nature intended. That is certainly a practical option during the Summer, but during the Winter the only practical option is a supplement. What do you do to obtain sufficient Vitamin D?
By Alison Vickery